IPL 2021 suspended: Kane Williamson and few New Zealand players, support staff fly to Maldives ahead of England tour

IPL 2021 suspended: Kane Williamson and few New Zealand players, support staff fly to Maldives ahead of England tour
IPL 2021 suspended: Kane Williamson and few New Zealand players, support staff fly to Maldives ahead of England tour

IPL 2021 suspended: Kane Williamson and few New Zealand players, support staff fly to Maldives- In a surprising turn of events, New Zealand and SRH skipper Kane Williamson and four other players from his national team have left the bio-secure bubble and flown to the Maldives. As per reports, Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner and physio Tommy Simsek were part of a secure bio-safety net in Delhi and were supposed to stay in India till May 10.

New Zealand are set to play a couple of Test matches against England beginning June 2 and the WTC Final against India at Southampton starting June 18.

“We’ve been informed that the four New Zealanders felt insecure in the Delhi bubble and they were not sure when they can leave for UK. They did not want to stay here too long and left with the Australia-bound Chennai Super Kings players, who were flying to Maldives,” a franchise official told Cricbuzz.

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Earlier, a New Zealand Cricket release said, “New Zealand’s IPL-based Test contingent will depart from India for the United Kingdom on May 11th — the earliest date an exemption for their arrival in England could be obtained. Williamson, Jamieson, Santner, as well as physio Tommy Simsek, will remain in a secure mini-bubble in New Delhi before departing for the UK.”

IPL 2021 suspended: Kane Williamson and few New Zealand players, support staffs fly to Maldives

There were 17 New Zealanders in all involved in the IPL, including 10 players.

Trent Boult and a few players, coaches and support staff left for New Zealand on May 7 (Friday). He is set to miss the opening Test against England.

On the latest development, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said, “They earlier thought that they would get the permissions to fly to the UK by May 11. Later, they were told they would have to wait till May 16. Then they decided to leave for the Maldives,” as quoted by Cricbuzz.

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